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About the course

This four year integrated BSc (undergraduate) and MSci (postgraduate) course will teach you to apply scientific principles to athletic performance at the highest levels of football. You’ll learn to analyse how physical activity and exercise generates health in athletes and, through detailed knowledge of physiological systems, make recommendations that ensure athletes can fulfil their full potential.

There is an increasing demand within football clubs for sport science and medical staff who can ensure that player performance is optimised in both training and competition. By working closely with our skilled academics and football practitioners, you’ll build a strong grounding in the sport science disciplines of anatomy and physiology; psychology; strength and conditioning; biomechanics; and performance analysis. Proper coaching techniques are essential, and you’ll benefit from Solent’s long history of training coaches who work at the highest levels of competitive sport.

You will be encouraged to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to the athletic development of male and female footballers through our extensive network of partner clubs. You’ll gain experience in the design, planning and delivery of a cohesive and systematic sport science/performance support provision, working across all aspects of a club’s operations.

In the third and fourth year of study (Level 6 and Level 7) you will work with youth, academy and professional players to facilitate maximum performance and reduce injury risk. This invaluable industry experience will form the working document of evidence in support of your BASES Supervised Experience (SE) application. This goes part way towards earning your BASES accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist. This element of the course is unique to Solent University.

Students have access to the University’s professional sport and exercise facilities. These include fully equipped physiology, psychology, biomechanics and exercise labs. The physiology laboratory is officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), marking it as one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Apply essential academic theory to real workplace scenarios. Benefit from five months (minimum) of mandatory industry placements and graduate with a CV to be proud of.

What does this course lead to?

As a graduate, you will be well suited to employment within a football club or other large sporting organisation. You will be looking for work within sport science support, player development and performance monitoring departments. Typical roles cover strength and conditioning; performance analysis; education and welfare; talent identification and recruitment; technical coaching; and sport psychology.

For those who discover a passion for academia, this course provides a solid foundation to progress into teaching, further postgraduate study or research.

Who is this course for?

This course is the ideal way for you to turn a passion for football into a lucrative professional career. Candidates should be:

  • interested in working in professional football,
  • keen to collaborate with players and coaches on improving efficiency and reducing the risk of injury,
  • fascinated by physiology and the inner workings of the human body, and
  • comfortable working in a scientific way, making use of testing data to deliver effective recommendations.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2019/20 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 costs were:

Compulsory costs:

  • Students must purchase a Solent football kit. As a package, this will cost approximately £110.
  • Students are also required to undertake DBS criminal records checks as part of their enrolment. This is compulsory and is payable by the student at a cost of £55. The DBS check is organised by the University.

Optional costs:

  • Optional discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.
  • Nacsport licence - £60

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

128 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM or equivalent.
  • Mathematics, English and science at GCSE, at grade 4 or above (previously grade C).
  • Desirable: A-level physical education or human biology, or equivalent.
  • All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Applicants must attend an interview as part of the application process.
  • Transfer from the BSc to the MSci course requires an average mark of at least 55 over year 2 (L5) of the BSc course

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Fundamentals of Skill Acquisition in Football
  • Football Science Foundation Phase
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Introduction to Physiology of Exercise
  • Research and Academic Skills for Sport, Health and Exercise Science
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Football Principles and Practice

Year two

Core units
  • Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology
  • Football Science Youth Development Phase
  • Applied Principles of Performance Analysis
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Research Methods and Study Design
  • Elite Youth Development in Football

Year three

Core units
  • Professional Practice of Sport Psychology
  • Football Science Professional Phase
  • Professional Practice of Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Work Based Project

Year four

Core units
  • Training and Competition Demands
  • Talent Identification and Recruitment
  • Supervised Experience
  • Individual Project
  • Team Leadership and Management 

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Adam Hawkey academic profile Adam Hawkey Head of Subject View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
James Fisher academic profile James Fisher Senior Lecturer View profile
Louis Langdown academic profile Louis Langdown Lecturer View profile
Chris Neville academic profile Chris Neville Lecturer View profile
Emma Mosley academic profile Emma Mosley Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Students have access to the University’s professional sport and exercise facilities, including fully equipped physiology, psychology, and biomechanics labs, a health and exercise gym, and a sports therapy suite. And our physiology laboratory is officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), marking it as one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities.

In terms of less subject-specific facilities, you will have access to our 24-hour library, comfortable study spaces, large computer resource centres and our comprehensive suite of academic and personal support services.

Students will complete their BASES Supervised Experience requirement – an essential step in becoming an accredited sport and exercise scientist.

Your future

As a graduate, you will be well suited to employment within a football club or other large sporting organisation. You will be looking for work within sport science support, player development and performance monitoring departments. 

Typical roles cover strength and conditioning; performance analysis; education and welfare; talent identification and recruitment; technical coaching; and sport psychology.

For those who discover a passion for academia, this course provides a solid foundation to progress into teaching, further postgraduate study or research.

Industry links

As a football science student, you will benefit from our extensive links with clubs and sporting organisations. These include:

  • Southampton Football Club
  • Aldershot Town Football Club
  • AFC Bournemouth
  • Portsmouth Football Club
  • AFC Totton
  • Crystal Palace Football Club
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Brighton & Hove Albion FC
  • Catapult
  • Nacsport

The course includes mandatory placements, so you will be working closely with these partners to develop your workplace skills.

The course also benefits from links with the wider sporting world. Past guest speakers have included sport scientists from the English Institute of Sport, international cricket and premiership football; and from GB squads such as wheelchair rugby, sailing and basketball.

What the experts say

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